Well, obviously not technically from July, but we had a good time celebrating Matt on Father's day. I made his favorite roast for lunch, and the kids gave him cards and gifts and he had a nap. All he wanted. :)
Monday, July 27, 2015
We finally got to have some friends to celebrate Madeleine's birthday with us this last week. We took 3 of her best friends to the waterpark in Rogers for the afternoon, then to get pizza for dinner. The girls had the BEST time. We stayed almost 4 hours -- until it finally started to rain on us. I am so so thankful for these goofy girls that are her friends.
Saturday, July 25, 2015
We had a big day celebrating Madeleine on her birthday this year! She knew exactly what she wanted to do that day. In the past we've always gone out to eat on birthdays, but this year she wanted to eat at home and she chose the menu herself. :) I had such a fun time setting the table to look cute!
Thursday, July 23, 2015
I guess it's about time for a gymnastics update as they wrap up the summer schedule.
First of all, she did her mill circle today for the first time which is HUGE! She has been working on it since May and today she did it by herself! It's part of her bars routine for the fall and she has been so determined to get it by herself. I love that she is learning to work hard on something -- sometimes for weeks, sometimes for months -- and keep trying until she succeeds. She is learning that to achieve something important to her, she will have to work hard and that's a HUGE life skill in my book.
Charlotte is still loving gymnastics which has made the summer schedule much easier. They practice 3 days a week for 2 hours, in the morning. Tuesdays are easy since it's from 10-12, but Wednesdays & Thursdays are from 8-10, which means we are leaving our house by 7:15 on those days. I'm thinking it's good practice for school this fall, because Charlotte is my late sleeper. :) If she is up before 8am, that's early! But, on gym mornings she pops right up and get dressed -- she is so excited to get there! We haven't been late yet. :) I often walk back to her room to wake her up, only to find her already in her leo which tells me she must love it!!
She also pretty much adores her coach too. She talks about Coach Katie at home a lot. :) I think that's one of the reasons she works so hard -- she has such desire to please her coach. She has learned so much! It's amazing to me what they have accomplished in just 3 months. She is starting to look like a tiny version of a gymnast out there. :)
After every class, they line up and Coach Katie talks to them. I'm not exactly sure what she says, since all my info is secondhand from what Charlotte tells me. :)
These girls are coming together to be a team and it has been so neat to watch. Here they are working to move a mat to set up on floor one day.
I'm hoping the transition to school schedule goes ok. She will still practice the same amount, but just after school. Her school (and Harrison's & Madeleine's) has been so great to work with us so we can get her to gym on time. With us living so far away, and her not getting out of school until after 3 every day, there was no way I could pick up all 3 kids, from 2 different school, with dismissals after 3pm, and get all the way to springdale and have her changed and ready to go by 3:30 -- best case it was going to be almost 4. So, they are letting me check all 3 kids out early to get here there on time. One of the perks of a small district, I guess. :) I know it will be a challenge and she will be tired those first few weeks, but after sitting still so much of the day, I think the exercise will be so good for her. She has so much energy and it needs a good channel. Ha!